I love watching as new establishments sneak in and set up shop in our suburbs. Some of them we might drive by for a while and not even notice they are there. Well that’s what happened to me at one of Cary, NC’s newest restaurants… Back In The Day Cafe. Haven’t been yet? Don’t let the name throw you off – it’s nothing like a cafe. It’s a full fledged restaurant with a back in the day theme of the 1970’s and 80’s.
Walking in literally creates a time-warp, OK not literally but figuratively! Entering the restaurant, if you’re like me, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the ambiance. As you’re being escorted to your table your eye is sure to glance over at the kids (maybe more often adults) game area where you’ll find your choice of hit ’70’s and ’80’s board games, PLUS Pac-Man and, a blast from the past a TV with working ATARI (you are reading this right!).
Taking in all the visual stimulation is enough to make you grin from ear to ear. Featuring ’70’s and ’80’s themed posters, rollers skates and a working Teddy Ruxpin! Our delightful waitress, Shay, said she’s not allowed to play with it.
* Rest assured that appropriately the one thing that doesn’t go with the time-period is the free Wi-Fi they offer.
Adding to what makes the Back in the Day Cafe a throwback to the 70’s and ’80’s is their big screen TV hanging over the bar (viewable by most of the restaurant). The owners keep a stock of DVD’s on hand to host live concerts on the big screen on certain evenings. They have some really oldies but goodies – Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck… Well you get the idea.
The schedule of shows and events are flexible depending on the crowd or if there’s a special event (for example it was Rod Stewart’s birthday recently so they celebrated with a Rod Stewart concert on the big screen). Other examples of some of their shows include Elton John, Barry White, and Motown.
Want more? How about Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo, Tuesday Trivia Nights, and Wednesday Wine Evenings (house wines for $4/glass).
How is the Food?
Ahhh, the Back In The Day Cafe food! WOW, let me start by addressing the word “cafe”. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a coffee and muffins type place only open for breakfast and lunch.
Hours are: 9 AM – 9 PM Sun. – Thurs. and 9AM – 2 AM (yes – late) on Fri. and Sat.
The menu is delicious… I haven’t tried everything but I plan to frequent here enough to eventually be able to say I have. The food is amazing. Everything is homemade – from the ketchup and salad dressings to the potato fries and onion straws that are all hand-cut in-house. If burgers are your thing you can feel comfortable ordering medium-rare and up because they ground the beef in-house.
What Can I Personally Recommend?
I had the unplugged veggie wrap with grilled portabella, roasted garlic, red peppers, goat cheese, cucumbers, lettuce, sun-dried pesto, with side mixed green salad and citrus dressing. My lunch guest enjoyed the special for the day; the chicken feta spinach wrap with sprouts, and some of those home made french fries. Delicious does not say enough about how good that was.
Chef Leonard from Boston brings incredible culinary talent – I can’t wait to try his New England Clam Chowder… this soup sounds heavenly and will undoubtedly be one of the many dishes that bring patrons from all over the Triangle to the Back In The Day Cafe.
Want a better feel for Back In The Day Cafe? Check out our short video for a visual of some of the deliciousness and the great atmosphere offered:
OK I Want To Try It! Where Do I Go?
Head over to 3470-162 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary, NC 27518 to the Millpond Village Shopping Center on the corner of Ten-Ten Road. Questions? You can reach the Back In The Day Cafe gang at 919-267-6389 or visit their website and like them on facebook at www.BITDCAFE.com.
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